On April 24, 1999, the UNC field hockey and women's lacrosse programs dedicated their new home, Francis E. Henry Stadium. The 12,000-square-foot facility, located on Ridge Road, is one of the finest facilities of its kind in the nation.
The building houses spacious locker rooms for each sport's players and coaches. In the locker rooms, each player has her own full-length locker, with ample storage space and a plaque bearing her name and number. In the center of the building is a film and meeting room with computers, a big-screen TV and a kitchen area. The team room was updated during the summer of 2009 and is now a "smart classroom," where UNC teams use the latest technology for game and practice preparation, meshing various video and media formats in a wireless environment.
The coaches' locker rooms provide another place for reviewing film The building's entranceway houses a sizeable trophy case, which accommodates the Tar Heels' field hockey and lacrosse awards. The stands seat 1,086 fans and also house a concessions stand and restrooms. On the ground level are a sports medicine treatment room and equipment storage areas.
Henry Stadium became even more player-friendly in 2008 with the installation of a new AstroTurf surface. As part of the renovation, the crown was removed from the playing field and a top-notch watering system that recycles the field water was added. Francis E. Henry is a UNC graduate who lettered in soccer for the Tar Heels from 1964-66 and now resides in Wilmington, N.C. The facility is named for him and his father, Francis Henry III.
Henry Stadium, first-class in every way, could not have been built without contributions from hundreds of Tar Heel supporters. Their generosity is celebrated throughout the stadium, from the engraved bricks out front to plaques on the Carolina blue seats in the stands. Inside are signs recognizing more donors whose gifts made the facility a reality.